Strategies of Teaching Reading
Teaching Your Child To Read With Predictable Books
Article about one of the key strategies of teaching reading to young child By Rebekah Kogelschatz
Children are habitual creatures. The more that is the same, the better they can understand and learn. That is why children learn to read with predictable books.
A predictable book is one that is repetitive in the text or repetitive in the ideas. Bill Martin and Eric Carle Brown Bear, Brown Bear is a great example of a predictable book. The repeating text of "Brown bear, brown bear, what do you see?" is great for emergent readers. They can predict what each page is going to say, learning that text moves from left to right, and remembering what each of the repeating words looks like.
Many people think that a repetitive book only teaches a child to memorize. That is true. Children learn to read by memorizing what words look like, or the pattern the letters make. They also learn to read by sounding words out. By memorizing the text, a child is learning that a /B/ is the beginning of Brown and a /b/ is the beginning of the word bear. The can form a relationship to the letter and the sound and use that knowledge another time when they see the "b." The memorization is an important part of learning to read.
Repetitive ideas or themes are also a good way to help children learn to read. Series books, such as Bear About the Town, Bear at Home, Bear in the Sunshine, and Bear in a Square by Stella Blackstone help children learn to read by repeating the same ideas of the bear through each book.
Series' books help children form connections between different books and can help them compare and contrast what is happening to the character. All of these elements are important in learning to read.
One of the strategies of teaching read is helping your child learn to read by providing repetitive books. This will give your child the confidence to read. The confidence is from the ability to predict what is coming next, even if at first they are "pretending" to read. The repeating text and ideas will help them form connections between what they see and what they hear. This is a fun way to encourage reading.
Who Wrote This Article?
Rebekah Kogelschatz is a gifted education teacher. She has taught all grades from pre-school to 8th grade in all subject areas. She is a co-founder of the site http://www.SmartMoms-SmartBusiness.com You can learn more about Rebekah by visiting her blog, http://the-day-of-a-mom.com To find out more about series books, like Bear about the Town, visit her Barefoot Books website at http://rebekahkogelschatz.mybarefootbooks.com
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